High School Reform

Information Resources | Research & Reports

Information Resources

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission on College and Career Success

U.S. Department of Education 

Education Commission of the States

National Conference of State Legislatures

Jobs for the Future

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

National Center for Education Statistics 

Achieve, Inc.

National Governors Association

Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research

Southern Regional Education Board

Council of Chief State School Officers

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network

Alliance for Excellent Education

Promising Practices Network

National Education Association


Information Resources | Research & Reports

Research & Reports

Reform Strategies | Exit Exams | Senior Year
Graduation Rate/Dropouts | Dual Enrollment | Other

Reform Strategies

Going Small: Progress & Challenges of Philadelphia’s Small High Schools
Research for Action, July 2009

Accelerating the Agenda: Actions to Improve America’s High Schools
NGA Center for Best Practices, January 2009

Career Academies: Impacts on Labor Market Outcomes and Educational Attainment
Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., June 2008

The State Role in Accelerating Student Growth in Low-Performing High Schools
Education Commission of the States, May 2007

Governor’s Commission on College and Career Success: Final Report
Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission, December 2006

Evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s High School Grants, 2001-2005
American Institutes for Research & SRI International, August 2006

Transforming High School Teaching and Learning: A District-wide Design
The Aspen Institute, May 2006

Gaining Traction, Gaining Ground: How Some High Schools Accelerate Learning for Struggling Students
Education Trust, November 2005

The Power to Change: High Schools that Help All Students Achieve
Education Trust, November 2005

Improving High Schools: A Strategic Approach
Legislative Analyst’s Office, May 2005

Making Progress Toward Graduation: The Talent Development High School Model
MDRC, May 2005

A Call to Action: Transforming High School for All Youth
National High School Alliance, April 2005

An Action Agenda for Improving America’s High Schools
National Governors Association, February 2005

Getting It Done: Ten Steps to a State Action Agenda
National Governors Association, February 2005

Advancing High School Reform in the States: Policies and Programs
National Association of Secondary School Principals and KnowledgeWorks Foundation, 2005

Building a Portfolio of High Schools: A Strategic Investment Toolkit
Jobs for the Future, 2005

Rethinking High School: Five Profiles of Innovative Models for Student Success
WestEd, 2005

Redesigning High Schools to Prepare Students for the Future
Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Winter 2004

New Traditions: Options for Rural High School Excellence
Southern Governors’ Association, September 2004

Big Buildings, Small Schools: Using a Small Schools Reform Strategy for High School Reform
Jobs for the Future, 2004

Crisis at the Core: Preparing All Students for College and Work
ACT, 2004

What the Research Shows: Breaking Ranks in Action
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 2002

The Progress of Education Reform: High School Curriculum
Education Commission of the States, August-September 2001

High Schools of the Millennium
American Youth Policy Forum, August 2000

The 2000 High Schools That Work Assessment: Improving Urban High Schools
Southern Regional Education Board, 2000

Exit Exams

State High School Tests: Changes in State Policies and the Impact of the College and Career Readiness Movement
Center on Education Policy, December 2011

State High School Tests: Exit Exams and Other Assessments
Center on Education Policy, December 2010

State High School Exit Exams: Students with Disabilities — Policy Brief 3
Center on Education Policy, March 2008

State High School Exit Exams: Patterns in Gaps in Pass Rates — Policy Brief 2
Center on Education Policy, February 2008

State High School Exit Exams: A Move Toward End-of-Course Exams — Policy Brief 1
Center on Education Policy, January 2008

State High School Exit Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores
Center on Education Policy, September 2007

State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year
Center on Education Policy, August 2006

States Try Harder, But Gap Persists: High School Exit Exams 2005
Center on Education Policy, August 2005

The Relationship of High School Graduation Exams to Graduation Rates and SAT Scores
Gregory J. Marchant and Sharon E. Paulson, Education Policy Analysis Archives, January 2005

State High School Exit Exams: A Maturing Reform
Center on Education Policy, August 2004

Do Graduation Tests Measure Up? A Closer Look at State High School Exit Exams
Achieve, Inc., June 2004

Pay Now or Pay Later: The Hidden Costs of High School Exit Exams
Center for Education Policy, May 2004

Pushed Out or Pulled Up? Exit Exams and Dropout Rates in Public High Schools
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, May 2004

State High School Exit Exams Put to the Test
Center on Education Policy, August 2003

Senior Year

A Profile of the American High School Senior in 2004: A First Look. Initial Results From the First Follow-up of the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002
National Center for Education Statistics, October 2005

Youth at the Crossroads: Facing High School and Beyond
The Education Trust, Inc., Winter 2001

Overcoming the High School Senior Slump: New Education Policies
Institute for Educational Leadership and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, May 2001

Graduation Rate/Dropouts

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic Annual Update 2012
Alliance for Excellent Education, March 2012

Public School Graduates 2010-2011
Pennsylvania Department of Education, May 2012

Education and the Economy: Boosting Local, State, and National Economies by Improving High School Graduation Rates
Alliance for Excellent Education, March 2011

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic
Civic Enterprises, Everyone Graduates, and America’s Promise Alliance, November 2010

Counting on Graduation
The Education Trust, October 2008

Dropping Back In: Re-engaging Out-of-School Youth
PA Partnerships for Childrent, October 2008

Numbers and Rates of Public High School Dropouts: School Year 2004–05
National Center for Education Statistics, December 2007

The High Cost of High School Dropouts: What the Nation Pays for Inadequate High Schools
Alliance for Excellent Education, October 2007

The Long Term Labor Market Consequences of Dropping Out of High School in Pennsylvania
Center for Labor Market Studies, October 2007

The Progress of Education Reform 2007: Dropout Prevention
Education Commission of the States, July 2007

15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention
Frank P. Schargel and Jay Smink, National Dropout Prevention Center, 2007

User’s Guide to Computing High School Graduation Rates, Volume 1: Review of Current and Proposed Graduation Indicators
National Center for Education Statistics, August 2006

User’s Guide to Computing High School Graduation Rates, Volume 2: Technical Evaluation of Proxy Graduation Indicators
National Center for Education Statistics, August 2006

Estimating Graduation and Dropout Rates with Longitudinal Data: A Case Study in the Pittsburgh Public Schools
RAND, July 2006

Diplomas Count: An Essential Guide to Graduation Policy and Rates
Editorial Projects in Education, June 2006

The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Public High Schools From the Common Core of Data: School Years 2002–03 and 2003-04
National Center for Education Statistics, June 2006

Identifying Potential Dropouts: Key Lessons for Building an Early Warning Data System
Achieve Inc, June 2006

Making Good on a Promise: What Policymakers Can Do to Improve the Educational Persistence of Dropouts
Jobs for the Future, April 2006

The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Public High Schools from the Common Core of Data: School Years 2001-02 and 2002-03
National Center for Education Statistics, November 2005

The Higher Drop-Out Rate of Foreign-Born Teens: The Role of Schooling Abroad
Pew Hispanic Center, November 2005

Graduation Counts: A Compact on State High School Graduation Data
National Governors Association, July 2005

Graduation Counts: A Report of the NGA Task Force on State High School Graduation Data
National Governors Association, July 2005

The Alternative Pathways Project: A Framework for Dropout Reduction and Recovery
The Alternative Pathways Project, June 2005

Getting Honest About Grad Rates: How States Play the Numbers and Students Lose
The Education Trust, June 2005

The Effect of Residential School Choice on Public High School Graduation Rates
The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, April 2005

Keeping Middle Grades Students on Track to Graduation
Robert Balfanz and Liza Herzog, Johns Hopkins University and Philadelphia Education Fund, March 2005 (PPT)

Public High School Graduation and College-Readiness Rates: 1991–2002
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, February 2005

What Counts: Defining and Improving High School Graduation Rates
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 2005

National Institute of Statistical Sciences/Education Statistics Services Institute Task Force on Graduation, Completion, and Dropout Indicators
National Center for Education Statistics, November 2004

Educational Attainment of High School Dropouts 8 Years Later
National Center for Education Statistics, November 2004

Losing Our Future: How Minority Youth Are Being Left Behind By the Graduation Rate Crisis
The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, The Urban Institute, Advocates for Children of New York, and The Civil Society Institute, February 2004

The Dropout Crisis: Promising Approaches to Prevention and Recovery
Jobs for the Future, 2004

The Expectations Gap: A 50-State Review of High School Graduation Requirements
Achieve, Inc., 2004

Telling the Whole Truth (or Not) About High School Graduation
The Education Trust, December 2003

High School Graduation Rates in the United States
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, April 2002

How Many Central City High Schools Have a Severe Dropout Problem, Where Are They Located, and Who Attends Them?
Dropouts in America, January 2001

Dual Enrollment

Determinants of Students’ Success: The Role of Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Programs
Cecilia Speroni, National Center for Postsecondary Research, November 2011

Accelerated Learning Opportunities: Moving the Needle on Access and Success – A Study of State and Institutional Policies and Practices
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, June 2006

Head Start on College: Dual Enrollment Strategies in New England 2004-2005
Jobs for the Future, April 2005

Add and Subtract: Dual Enrollment as a State Strategy to Increase Postsecondary Success for Underrepresented Students
Jobs for the Future, April 2005

Dual Credit and Exam-Based Courses in U.S. Public High Schools: 2002-03
National Center for Education Statistics, April 2005

Dual Enrollment of High School Students at Postsecondary Institutions: 2002-03
National Center for Education Statistics, April 2005

Dual Enrollment: Accelerating the Transition to College
U.S. Department of Education, 2004

Other

The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2011
Act, 2011

Middle-to-High-School Transition: Practical Strategies to Consider
The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, May 2009

Ensuring Successful Student Transitions from the Middle Grades to High School
Education Commission of the States, November 2008

High School-Level Accountability
Education Commission of the States, October 2008

High School Remediation
Education Commission of the States, October 2008

The 2000 High School Transcript Study Tabulations: Comparative Data on Credits Earned and Demographics for 2000, 1998, 1994, 1990, 1987, and 1982 High School Graduates
National Center for Education Statistics, July 2007

Economic Outcomes of High School Completers and Noncompleters 8 Years Later
National Center for Education Statistics, October 2006

The College Ladder: Linking Secondary and Postsecondary Education for Success for All Students
American Youth Policy Forum, September 2006

United States High School Sophmores: A Twenty-Two Year Comparison, 1980-2002
National Center for Education Statistics, September 2006

Paying Double: Inadequate High Schools and Community College Remediation
Alliance for Excellent Education, August 2006

High School Reform and Work: Facing Labor Market Realities
Educational Testing Service, June 2006

Preparing PA Youth for Success in a 21st Century Economy
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, June 2006

Alignment of High School Graduation Requirements and State-Set College Admissions Requirements
Education Commission of the States, April 2006

Claiming Common Ground: State Policymaking for Improving College Readiness and Success
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, March 2006

The High Schools Hispanics Attend: Size and Other Key Characteristics
Pew Hispanic Center, November 2005

Ready for the Real World? Americans Speak on High School Reform
Educational Testing Service, June 2005

Remaking Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century: What Role for High School Programs?
Jobs for the Future, April 2005

Holding High Hopes: How High Schools Respond to State Accountability Policies
Consortium for Policy Research in Education, March 2005

A Profile of the American High School Sophomore in 2002: Initial Results From the Base Year of the Longitudinals Study of 2002
National Center for Education Statistics, March 2005

On Course for Success: A Close Look at Selected High School Courses that Prepare All Students for College
ACT and The Education Trust, February 2005

Rising to the Challenge: Are High School Graduates Prepared for College and Work?
Achieve, Inc., February 2005

What We Can Learn From High School Students
High School Survey of Student Engagement at Indiana University, 2005

Crisis or Possibility: Conversations About the American High School
National High School Alliance, May 2004

From the Prison Track to the College Track: Pathways to Postsecondary Success for Out-of-School Youth
Jobs for the Future, April 2004

12th Grade Student Achievement in America: A New Vision for NAEP
National Commission on NAEP 12th Grade Assessment and Reporting, March 2004

Ready or Not: Creating a High School Diploma that Counts
Achieve, Inc., February 2004

Who Graduates? Who Doesn’t? A Statistical Portrait of Public High School Graduation, Class of 2001
The Urban Institute, February 2004

Breaking Ranks II: Strategies for Leading High School Reform
National Association of Secondary School Principals, February 2004

Are California High Schools Ready for the 21st Century?
The Education Trust, 2004

Ready for Tomorrow: Helping All Students Achieve Secondary and Postsecondary Success
National Governors Association, November 2003

Seizing the Day: Massachusetts’ At-Risk High School Students Speak Out on Their Experiences at the Front Lines of Education Reform
Mass Insight Education, October 2003

Betraying the College Dream: How Disconnected K-12 and Postsecondary Education Systems Undermine Student Aspirations
The Bridge Project, March 2003

State Policies to Facilitate the Preparedness of Students for Careers and Postsecondary Success
National High School Alliance, 2003 (PPT)

All Over the Map: State Policies to Improve the High School
National High School Alliance, June 2002

Student Readiness for College: Connecting State Policies
Southern Regional Education Board, May 2002

Opening Doors to the Future: Preparing Low-Achieving Middle Grades Students to Succeed in High School
Southern Regional Education Board, 2002

Youth at the Crossroads: Facing High School and Beyond
The Education Trust, Winter 2001

High School Academic Curriculum and the Persistence Path Through College
National Center for Education Statistics, April 2001

Overlooked and Underserved: Immigrant Students in U.S. Secondary Schools
The Urban Institute, December 2000

Great Expectations: Reforming Urban High Schools
Council of the Great City Schools, October 2000

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